Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag {Summer Fun Guide}

We are a family of ice cream connoisseurs...that's a nice way of saying that we are addicts. It is one of our favorite ways to beat this incredible heat wave that is passing over the US.

While we enjoy an occasional trip to the ice cream shop, that can get expensive. I have no problem buying a carton of good ice cream at the grocery store, but Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag is a fun (and frugal) treat for the kids. You probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen. I only needed to buy some whole milk, since we don't normally drink it and the pint cost me $1.

Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

makes 2-3 servings


  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk or half & half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla - This is where you can experiment with what you have on hand. Try replacing the 1 tsp vanilla with 1 tsp coconut extract. My daughter wanted orange, so I used 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange.
  • ice
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt or any coarse grain salt.
  • quart sized Ziploc bag
  • gallon sized Ziploc bag
  • your favorite ice cream toppings


1. Pour the milk, sugar, and flavoring into the quart sized Ziploc bag. I would only use the Ziploc type bag to prevent leaking (see picture).

2. Place the ice, salt, and the quart bag inside the gallon Ziploc bag. Zip tight.

3. Grab some gloves and SHAKE!

4. SHAKE for 5 - 10 minutes and the ice cream will start to harden.

My oldest daughter thought she would try to shake without gloves...it didn't last long.

5. Add your favorite toppings and Enjoy!

The day was so hot that the ice cream started melting pretty quickly and the kids were in no mood to wait to eat it, so no time to set up a good picture.

Do you make your own ice cream? What are your favorite toppings?

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1 comment:

  1. That looks like fun! Plus, such a yummy result at the end.


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